The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Lectures will expound the main contemporary theories in economic, social and political ethics: utilitarianism, libertarianism, Marxism, liberal egalitarianism, the capability approach, communitarianism, feminist theories. Practical cases will focus on ethical problems pertaining to the environmental crisis, social policies, the funding of education, global justice, migratory flows. We will insist on the way each ethical theory would argue in favour of a specific position.
Courses will be taught with lectures. Students will be invited to prepare each lecture either by reading a paper, watching a video or answering a quizz. The course will highlight the way on the way theories of justice can be applied to public policies and individuals' and organisations' practices. Students will be assigned exercises consisting in the application of a specific theory to a concrete case/dilemma.
For the first session (June), evaluation is based on: (i) written assignments during the term; (ii) a final exam (multiple choices quizz)
For the second session (August-September), evaluation will only include a final exam, which will include both a multiple choice quizz and a reflection question.
Christian Arnsperger & Philippe Van Parijs, Ethique économique et sociale, Paris : La Découverte, & Syros (" Repères n°300), 2000
Will Kymlicka, Les théories de la justice : une introduction, Paris : La Découverte, 1999.
C. McKinnon, Issues in Political Theory, Oxford University Press, 2008